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Articles by Gary Fallesen

Mission Moments: Turkey

Mission: Ararat 2020 follow-up, Part 2 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ (Note: Brother Behzat, our Kurdish Kingdom worker in Turkey, followed up our Mission: Ararat 2020 expedition in July with a visit to eastern Turkey in late September. This is his second follow-up trip.) Wednesday, Nov. 25: Pray for Osman Osman Polat called Behzat today to tell him he had to go back in the hospital in Doğubayazıt. He needs surgery. “He was in so much pain,” Bezhat said. “Maybe that was our last phone call! “He told me, ‘Please tell Gary I... Read more »
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Mission Moments: COVID-19 Relief

Pandemic S.O.S. Responding to coronavirus around the Climbing For Christ world By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christx Wednesday, Nov. 25 Pastor Tej handing out COVID-19 relief in Western Nepal. (Photo by SARA ministry) Pastor Tej Rokka, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner, made his first trip since the onset of the pandemic and traveled to Nepal’s Western Region. “We baptized 14 people, had a seminar where 36 pastors and believers attended, and distributed relief help to 40 families, which means 200 lives directly... Read more »

Project Prayer: Hindu & Buddhist World 2020

God of the possible By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Day 15 (Sunday, Nov. 22) Megh Gurung gives audio Bibles to a family during Mission: Nepal 2016. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Many places we GO are hostile; hard-to-reach locations with people who have hardened hearts. But, as Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” And God sends us to deliver the Good News of Jesus. Megh Gurung, our Kingdom worker in Nepal, energetically shares the love of Christ with Buddhists and Hindus, a... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

The story of ‘dying Mary’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Widow Mary Maida sleeping on the ground in her roofless house. (Photos by Damson Samson) This is a story shared by Damson Samson about a widow – “dying Mary Maida” – who has been ill for some time. “She has never tasted peace since her daughters have been rejecting her as their mother,” Damson said. “This widow was found lying down the whole day. My volunteers wondered if she was alive or not. Then they called her name to ask if she ws OK. She woke up... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nepal

Photo of the Week: NepalThe Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) We know it as the Monkey Temple. It is a religious complex and major tourist attraction sitting on a hilltop in the capital of what was once a Hindu kingdom. It is home to one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. But the Buddhist stupa (or place of meditation) is surrounded by Hindu temples. Not to mention hundreds of what are considered “holy” monkeys. Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple’s real name – is a place of worship for Buddhist and Hindu, alike. “There are some similar H... Read more »

Mission Moments: Annual Celebration

‘COVID couldn’t contain our God’ By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Both our Boards met on Zoom: (top row, left to right) Dave Smith, Gary and Elaine Fallesen, Mary Lindsay, Kevin Tomalty, (middle row) Michele Hoffman, Al Robinson and Aaron Hemphill, Brandy Fisher, Kevin Kimble, (bottom row) Steve Quakenbush, and Louis-Olivier Petelle. There were no hugs and not enough fellowship, but our Boards of Directors – both in Canada and the United States – met together for the first time online on Saturday, Nov. 7. Like everything else in 202... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Speaking for those who cannot A word of thanks from Climbing For Christ’s Malawi-based Kingdom worker, Damson Samson, to all who generously bless us to bless others: “I hereby present to you the open letter to all C4C members around the globe. The main reason is to appreciate them for the support given to our widows here in Malawi. Thank you for your commitment in supporting us through Climbing For Christ. I am graced to be close to those in need all the time and I have seen a lot among my people where life is not considered necessary when you grow older; nobody will think of... Read more »

Mission Moments: Haiti

What price salvation? By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Gilbert sharing Jesus in Marmelade, Haiti. (Photos by C4CNG) Gilbert Lindor and two members of C4C’s New Generation (Haiti) traveled from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to the border town of Jimani, where they met six other members on Sept. 9. The next day, the group continued to Marmelade, a village in northern Haiti. It was a 450-kilometer (280-mile) drive that takes 9 ½ hours, if your vehicle is not stopped, robbed, and your driver kidnapped or shot – a sad occurrence in Haiti. Gilb... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

The care of God the Father Food truck. (Photos by Damson Samson) Another truckload of maize was delivered last week to the widows in Malawi. “Unspeakable joy” was the way Kingdom worker Damson Samson described the widows’ reaction to this gift. Emily Patisi had not eaten for five days when the food arrived. “She danced all over, not understanding this blessing,” Damson reported. “She continued thanking God for such support.” Emily Patisi. The group village head from Nasiyaya said “being a widow, taking care of three orphans, it i... Read more »

Trip Report: Turkey 2020

God is on the move By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Elaine, Gary, and Holly with Osman, an MBB with whom they had just prayed in Dogubayazit, Turkey. (Photo by Behzat Bucak) It was a prophetic moment, a page out of the Old Testament delivered electronically from the United States to eastern Turkey. “I sense there is going to be a real special move of God on this trip,” the Climbing For Christ member and supporter emailed. “I am praying.” His prayer was answered. The following day, a 32-year-old Muslim man on his death bed with bone c... Read more »

Dispatches: Turkey 2020

Mission: Ararat 2020 By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Saturday, Aug. 1 Our team photo in front of Mount Ararat: (left to right) Holly, Behzat, Elaine, and Gary. “How was your trip?” It is a commonly asked question. If you ask Elaine about her fifth journey to Turkey (and 20th Climbing For Christ mission overall), she will tell you: “It was bomba!” Bomba translates into “the bomb.” It is Turkish slang for “excellent.” “I experienced more priceless C4C firsts,&... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeyMount Ararat. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Climbing For Christ has returned to Mount Ararat for the first time since 2015. CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches from Mission: Ararat 2020. Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: Turkey“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?” – Luke 15:4. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) Outreach around Mount Suphan in eastern Turkey. CLICK HERE for daily Dispatches from Mission: Ararat 2020. Read more »

Photo of the Week: Peru

Photo of the Week: PeruClimbing For Christ Peru members delivering food supplies to Quechua people living in the remote mountains. (Photo by Edwin Milla) CLICK HERE to read about this COVID-19 relief Mission Moment in Peru, “Contagious Christians.” Read more »

Photo of the Week: Malawi

Photo of the Week: MalawiFood delivered in Malawi as part of our COVID-19 relief effort. (Photo by Damson Samson) CLICK HERE to read “Rivers of tears” and see more photos from these Mission Moment in Malawi. Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Mission Moments: MalawiRivers of tears By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Widow Henley Kamowa receiving COVID-19 relief from Climbing For Christ. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson prayed with the widow Henley Kamowa, a man whose sickness made walking difficult. Henley had suffered for a long time, and he could not believe anyone would care about him. When Damson and his wife Selena and others arrived to deliver COVID-19 relief, they provided more than maize, rice, fish, and cooking oil. They delivered hope. “Before we presented the gift, we shared with him the Word a... Read more »

Mission Moments: Peru

Mission Moments: PeruContagious Christians By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ C4C Peru team marches needed relief to people in the mountains. (Photos provided by Edwin Milla) Edwin Milla was attacked by villagers the last time he ventured into the Cordillera Blanca mountains in March, so his original plans for COVID-19 relief were limited to his hometown of Huaraz. After all, Peru has been in lockdown and the people panicked since mid-March. Despite having borders closed and Peruvians banned from leaving their homes except to access essential goods or perform essential work, the coun... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

God smiles on Mulanje Massif By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ “I thank God for giving us a victorious moment to gather with my brothers here despite the coronavirus situation.” – Damson Samson, Climbing For Christ staff member on the Mulanje Massif Chapter’s DMD training in May Mulanje Massif Chapter members. (Photo by Damson Samson) It was heart-check time in southern Malawi. Damson Samson, our Kingdom worker who is based there, wondered if the cost and time spent with the guides and porters in our Mulanje Massif Chapter was producing a r... Read more »

2020 World Watch List

Most dangerous places Open Doors, a ministry that serves the persecuted church, uses data from field workers to analyze and quantify global persecution. This results in the annual World Watch List. Countries are “ranked by the severity of persecution of Christians, calculated by analyzing the level of violent persecution plus the pressure experienced in five spheres of life.” Those are: church, community, private, national, and family life. These are the 50 countries considered most hostile to Christians (boldface are current C4C mission fields): Extreme Persecution 1. North K... Read more »

Project Prayer: Ramadan 2020

30 days of questions and prayer  for the Muslim world By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ DAY 30 (Saturday, May 23): Should I keep praying? Ramadan ends today, but our prayer lives should continue to include those in the Muslim world. Climbing For Christ is part of a network of ministries participating in what is called the 10/10 Prayer and Fasting Initiative. Starting in October 2017, we began praying that God would lead at least 10 percent of the Muslim population to Jesus in 10 years. We have always had a heart... Read more »

Photo of the Week: Turkey

Photo of the Week: TurkeySemi-nomadic Kurdish shepherds shearing sheep on Mount Ararat. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) The 15-million-plus Kurds living in Turkey are predominantly Muslim. CLICK HERE to read Project Prayer: Ramadan 2020. We also are praying for Mission: Ararat 2020. CLICK HERE to learn more. Read more »

Mission Moments: Giving Tuesday Now

Pandemic S.O.S. By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Karna Rokka, Tej’s brother and a pastor with SARA (Savior Alone Redeems Asians) ministry, left, distributing food to neighbors in Kathmandu, Nepal. A Muslim man called Pastor Tej Rokka on the phone Friday night in Kathmandu, Nepal. “I picked up his call and heard his cry,” Tej said. “He has no rice and he came from the border of India and worked at a sewing center. But after the lockdown, he couldn’t go (back) to his village and the owner (of the sewing center) is not responding to hi... Read more »

Mission Moments: Malawi

Mission Moments: MalawiWash your hands – if you can By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ A widow in southern Malawi uses her gift from Climbing For Christ – a 10-liter water bucket – so her grandchildren can wash their hands. (Photos by Damson Samson) Damson Samson visited dozens of widows in numerous villages when he reached Mrs. Sukusula’s house after dark. “I went into her house and she was sleeping right on the blanket (on the dirt floor),” Damson said. “I told her to use the mat.” Damson was delivering sleeping mats and mosqui... Read more »

Celebrating 15 Years of Missions

First impressions By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ Koma chief Moses. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) Our driver failed to yield any of the dirt road we were traveling down, forcing the motorbike going in the other direction off the edge of the road. As we passed, I glanced over my shoulder and watched the motorbike fall over. “Should we stop and help him?” I wondered. But the driver kept going. We arrived at our destination, the small village of Tantille, Adamawa State in the Koma Hills of Nigeria. We waited for seven hours, shaded by a large tree from the... Read more »

Photo of the Week: 15 Years of Missions

Photo of the Week: 15 Years of MissionsCandamena Canyon in Mexico, where our team trekked in April 2005. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) Memory Lane: On roads less traveled On April 12, 2005, then-Board member Cheryl Esper and her family hit the road from Long Lake, NY to start a 2,400-mile drive to El Paso, TX, where they would meet six other members of the Mission: Mexico 2005 team. We were headed for the Sierra Madre Mountains in the remote northern Mexico state of Chihuahua. It was Climbing For Christ’s inaugural Evangelic Expedition. I was on my first mission trip. It started, fittingly I thought, with me digging ditches... Read more »
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